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Thursday, July 10, 2008

the wonder of words

An idiom is a a common manner of speaking in a certain language -- words and phrases which everyone can identify as carrying a specific meaning.

Idioms intrigue me. I found a site of common English idioms. Give it a look and see how many you recognize.

If you know idioms which are common to a certain region or state, I would love to hear them. For instance, the South has some great expressions of speech -- I will get to them next time. If you know a great idiom, leave me a comment. Aren't words wonderful?


  1. Julianna was sitting beside me when I was reading your post. She reminded me of a book we got from the library. I think the title was, "There's a frog in my throat."
    It was a kid's book of idioms. I do agree that words are pretty incredible. I am just glad I am not coming to America for the first time trying to learn all of the strange sayings.

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  3. One of my favorites is "Chickens Come Home to Roost!" The first time I ever heard this phrase was when listening to a preacher called "Uncle Bud Robinson" tell a story in which a evil man treated another person terribly and the evil returned on his own head. A popular saying among youth in the 1970's was "Do unto others, then split"...but Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"...and by so doing ..."Chickens Will Come Home to Roost!" Good uns or bad uns!

  4. hello, my name is JerriAnn Colvin. I don't know if you remember me from GBS or not. I have to laugh, my parents are from the south. I have one. We say we are "killing snakes" It mean you are working hard, like your killing snakes.


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